Judge orders Jefferson student found with stun gun held until next hearing

Judge orders Jefferson student found with stun gun held until next hearing

URBANA — A Champaign County judge ruled Monday that a student who brought a stun gun to a Champaign middle school should remain locked up until an April hearing.

The 14-year-old Jefferson Middle School student was charged in juvenile court with unlawful use of weapons in connection with the weapon discovered in his locker Friday morning.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz told Judge Tom Difanis that a student texted a parent about the gun and the parent then contacted the school.

Champaign police searched the boy's locker and in his backpack found the stun gun, a pipe for smoking cannabis, and four pills that appeared to look like prescription medication.

Rietz said police learned that the boy had gotten into a disagreement with another student and a fight was being threatened.

She said police also learned that another student had seen the boy in whose locker the stun gun was found about two weeks earlier in the school library with what appeared to be a gun in the waistband of his pants. That student told police he was too scared to report the incident to an adult.

Yet another student told police he had seen the stun-gun student on a bus with an ammunition magazine for a handgun, Rietz said.

Rietz said police also found in the boy's sock a bag filled with small, pill-shaped candy that the youth said he carries to appear as if he is selling drugs.

Rietz asked that the youth be held in detention until his case can be worked out. Assistant Public Defender Katie Jessup asked that he be released to return home to live with his mother and siblings.

Difanis declined Jessup's request and set the youth's next court hearing for April 6.

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jparks wrote on March 12, 2018 at 10:03 pm

Julia, never overlook the potential of this "student"

Heidi Ladd gives probation sentences for people who have been found guilty of, not committed but found guilty of, nine felonies.  She said " I am willing to take a chance on you".

You girls go for it. And certain guys too.  If someone you care about is murdered, raped, robbed, carjacked, violated, victimized, etc., things would be different.

Or at least I hope they would.

The bad thing is for the rest of us we are out here just trying to survive while you spit them back out to us to deal with.

Time after time after time.

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on March 13, 2018 at 11:03 am

Tomorrow the little darlings will walk out of school and demand something be done about guns in school.  Yet when seemingly numerous students ( who will demand something be done about guns  bad NRA)

knew aboiut the gun in school before the incident..


they did not bother to tell anyone.